DOOSAN Gallery New York is pleased to announce JangPa’s solo exhibition 

X-Gurlesque
JangPa
10.12 – 11.9, 2017
Opening Reception: 10.12, Thursday, 6-8pm
DOOSAN Gallery New York
533 W 25th Street, New York, NY 10001
DOOSAN Gallery New York is pleased to announce JangPa’s solo exhibition
“X-Gurlesque” from October 12th through November 9th, 2017.
JangPa examines the inescapable roles of an artwork and its viewer-i.e. object and subject-and examines the idea of a “mutual gaze” through her paintings of powerful palette and imagery as well as a dynamic exhibition display.
The term “Gurlesque from the exhibition title, which combines “New Grrly,” “grotesque,” and “burlesque,” is coined by feminist poets and writers, Arielle Greenberg and Lara Glenum, to describe writers who perform femininity in their work in a campy or mocking manner. JangPa achieves the poets’ goals to break out of female stereotypes through her paintings of grotesque and uncanny expressions. Moreover, the exhibition presents the viewers a sensual experience through its unconventional layout and use of space.
The Fluid Neon (2016) series and Brutal Skins (2017) series are displayed along the fluorescent red wall that extends inward from the gallery’s entrance. Brutal Skins is a wall installation series that is inspired by the “female monster” and the significance and appearance of her uterus. This series reiterates the female body as a distorted monster, thus criticizing the traditional consumption of the female body as “the object for desire.” Furthermore, feminine figures are heralded as “the subject that desires” through the work. On the other hand, the Fluid Neon paintings, whose liquid textures are amplified, reflects the form of a meager and passive fetus. This image contrasts the “female monster” while rendering itself as a subordinate.
The centerpiece that one encounters upon entering the space, My Little Riot Girl (2015), embodies relatively landscape-like features compared to Fluid Neon. The painting includes the artist’s self-portrait and her cynical gaze that one ultimately meets after a course of criticism and reinterpretation of reality. The artist claims that the crouching figure with a smile in the upper corner of the painting is, in fact, herself. Consequently, the artist and the viewers exchange gazes, or engage in mutual voyeurism, through the surface of the canvas. The artist’s gaze here, can be understood in various ways, while it also acts as an implication of the exhibition’s essence.
JangPa (b. 1981) received her M.F.A. in Painting from Seoul National University, where she received her B.F.A. in Painting and Aesthetics. She has held solo exhibitions at SOMA Drawing Center (2016, Seoul, Korea), Makeshop Art Space (2015, Paju, Korea), Gallery Zandari (2015, Seoul, Korea), TV12 Gallery (2013, Seoul, Korea), OCI Museum of Art (2011, Seoul, Korea), and Alternative Space Hut (2009, Seoul, Korea). She has also participated in group exhibitions at venues that include Art Space Pool (2017, Seoul, Korea), Seoul Museum of Art (2015, Seoul, Korea), DOOSAN Gallery Seoul (2015, Seoul, Korea), OCI Museum of Art (2015, Seoul, Korea), Gallery Button (2015, Seoul, Korea), BMOCA (2015, Paju, Korea), DOOSAN Gallery Seoul (2014, Seoul, Korea), Common Center (2014, Seoul, Korea), and Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center (2011, Seoul, Korea).

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